National Philoptochos Society
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Greeting of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew
for the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention
We, your Patriarch, from the Mother Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate greet you, the contemporary myrrh-bearers of love and relief of human pain, as the Archangel greeted the Myrrh-bearing women who had gone to the tomb of the Risen Lord early on Saturday morning, saying Rejoice, the Lord is risen!
Message to Delegates
2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention
Welcome to the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention in the city of “brotherly love” and sisterly agape. It is a distinct honor to greet you on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society as we convene in Philadelphia from throughout America as part of the 42nd Clergy Laity Congress. We are blessed to unify as a Family of God, to prayerfully contemplate and address the extremely significant message of the Clergy Laity Congress themed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America: The Orthodox Christian Family: A dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel.
“From God every family in heaven and on earth is named.” (Ephesians 3:15)
Guest speaker: Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO, GEMS
Over the past several years, our National Philoptochos has been concerned with the tragic and widespread problem of Human Trafficking throughout the world, most specifically within the United States. Human Trafficking is such a deeply pressing issue that the President of the United States has established an Advisory Council on Human Trafficking to which His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has been appointed as a member.
Given this concern, the New Philanthropic Initiatives Committee has been researching and working diligently in order to educate all of our chapters and members regarding this very serious issue and to provide recommendations as to what assistance we can provide to have a positive impact in the lives of these victims.
As a result of this effort, Kathy Siavelis and Peggy Vranas, New Philanthropic Initiatives Committee Co-Chairs, were honored to introduce at the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention, Rachel Lloyd, a nationally recognized leader in the fight against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and the founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS).
To understand and increase awareness on this issue and to get involved in the fight to end human trafficking, chapters and members can refer to the following attachment of handouts distributed at the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention: Click here for attachment of handouts.
Take action with your fellow Philoptochos sisters today!
The Brave Ones- Convention Presentations
National Philoptochos Honors the Military and Veterans
The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones. His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country. The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr. Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing. Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him. Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world.
The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”.
THE BRAVE ONES VIDEO
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